Posts published in August, 2009

Multitasking experts juggle multitude of media calls

by on August 31, 2009 12:00 am
… The authors of a study released last week on media multitasking did quite a bit of media juggling of their own. Communication Professor CLIFFORD NASS and his colleagues, lead author EYAL OPHIR, a researcher in Stanford’s Communication Between Humans and Interactive Media Lab, and ANTHONY WAGNER, associate professor of psychology, found that those of… Read more Multitasking experts juggle multitude of media calls

Alum primed to be Japan's next premier . . .

by on August 31, 2009 12:00 am
Redesigning Japan’s government and economy probably wasn’t what YUKIO HATOYAMA had in mind when he studied engineering at Stanford. But more than three decades after leaving the Farm, a promise to shrink his country’s bureaucracy and shore up its economy helped Hatoyama lead his Democratic Party to a landslide victory in Sunday’s election, and secure… Read more Alum primed to be Japan's next premier . . .

High honors

by on August 24, 2009 12:00 am
English Professor SHELLEY FISHER FISHKIN has been preserving history for a long time. Recently, she received the Mark Twain Circle Certificate of Merit “for long and distinguished service in the elucidation of the work, thought, life and art of Mark Twain.” As he presented the award on Aug. 9 in New York, University of Illinois… Read more High honors

Kresge Auditorium becomes history

by on August 24, 2009 12:00 am
In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s a gaping expanse where Kresge Auditorium used to be. The building was razed earlier this summer to make way for a new Law School building that is expected to be completed in December 2010. Kresge was built in the early ’70s and dedicated along with the Law School’s Crown… Read more Kresge Auditorium becomes history

Greetings, Mr. President

by on August 17, 2009 12:00 am
Another Stanford grad, CARLOS PASCUAL, who was named U.S. ambassador to Mexico earlier this summer, was in the news last week when he greeted President Obama when he arrived in Guadalajara for a mini-summit with Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Pascual, who earned his bachelor’s degree in international relations from… Read more Greetings, Mr. President

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, '44

by on August 17, 2009 12:00 am
The nation mourned the death last week of Special Olympics founder EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER, sister of the late president and mother-in-law of California’s current governor. Kennedy Shriver earned a degree in sociology from Stanford in 1944.

Antiques Roadshow stops at Hoover ...

by on August 17, 2009 12:00 am
A film crew for Antiques Roadshow was at the Hoover Institution last Friday to tape a feature on Hoover’s collection of World War I and II posters. The institution’s entire collection holds 100,000 political posters from around the world, 33,000 of which are cataloged in a searchable database.

Digging for answers

by on August 17, 2009 12:00 am
If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one to hear it, does it make a sound? Perhaps it depends on whether the philosophers examining that question are on Facebook. Philosophy Professor KENNETH TAYLOR and Professor Emeritus JOHN PERRY, co-hosts of Philosophy Talk, a popular radio program that brings philosophy down to… Read more Digging for answers

Stanford's global reach . . .

by on August 12, 2009 12:00 am
Stanford’s reach has always been global, and last week it really flexed its international muscle. On Aug. 4, just after American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee were pardoned by the North Korean government with the help of former President (and former Stanford dad) Bill Clinton, the Korean Central News Agency released this photo via… Read more Stanford's global reach . . .

On the road again . . .

by on August 3, 2009 12:00 am
When your cell phone lights up and it’s Stanford Police Chief LAURA WILSON, there’s a good chance it won’t be good news, but a few weeks ago, she called to relay just that. Her scoop? On June 28, HEATHER PERRY, an environmental engineer in Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S), had completed the 100-mile Western States… Read more On the road again . . .